Here's some news about something we've been working on...
(Note that the new features below require a premium or group subscription)
Textivate now has a facility for creating a sequence of activities, which students must complete in the order that you specify. For most activities, you can also specify a target score which the student must achieve in order to pass on to the next activity.
You can have as many activities as you like in a sequence (or just one if you like). When students have completed a sequence, they are invited to log-in using your (Premium or Group) textivate username plus the shared student password for your account. They can then enter their name (which they should preferably do in a format specified by you) and a group (optional) and upload the record of their work.
You can then access student scores etc via the new gradebook icon on textivate. You get a global score, total time taken, plus a breakdown of scores and time taken for each activity, including how many times each activity was repeated.
This is a great way of checking that students have completed their homework, as well as giving you all sorts of info about their performance.
More importantly, it's also a great way of ensuring that students are exposed to lots of repetitions of your target structures and vocabulary, whilst giving you a way of checking that they are putting the work in.
Here's an example of a sequence of 5 very short French activities: www.textivate.com/sequence-2zhjn1
Another thought: if you set a sequence of 1 activity, with no "pass target", this could be used as an assessment, where students' scores are recorded online...Here's an example of a 1 activity sequence, where after spending a bit of time on a text such as www.textivate.com/menu-3zhjn1 the students could then do this as an assessment: www.textivate.com/sequence-3zhjn1
By the way, you can also embed a sequence. See the example below. (You can close the log-in box to have a go at the sequence.):
I'm sure you'll agree, this adds a whole new dimension to textivate. Please let us know what you think via email or via our twitter account (@textivate).
Video tutorials that deal with sequences (NO AUDIO):
1. How to create a textivate sequence.
2. Sequences from the student's perspective - completing & submitting a textivate sequence.
3. Gradebook on textivate - accessing sequence results submitted by students.